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    • National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day Celebrated at Inova Heart and Vascular Center
      On February 22, the National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day campaign celebrated a flagship event hosted by Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. The event brought together patients, loved ones, medical professionals, government leaders and patient advocacy representatives to celebrate heart valve disease awareness. The gathering highlighted the outstanding work of the Inova Heart and Vascular team as well as the patient’s who received innovative repair and replacement procedures as well as the importance of Valve Disease Day. Inova Heart and Vascular Institute’s state-of-the-art flagship location on Inova Fairfax Medical Campus is one of the most complete, technologically-advanced medical and research centers…
    • University of North Carolina Heart Valve Clinic TAVR Videos
      Watch the videos below to learn more about UNC’s TAVR procedures: NC Health Care Physicians talk about TAVR, a new treatment for aortic valve disease Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) at UNC Heart & Vascular: All at One Location Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Team Approach at UNC Health Care UNC’s 100th TAVR Patient Story  
    • Learn More About Heart Valve Surgery Options
      Learn more about the variety of options for heart valve repair and replacement. Medtronic provides a thorough explanation of surgical procedures, the benefits and risks, as well as a Q & A section that covers all of your concerns.
    • Personal Stories from American Heart Association's Heart Valve Ambassadors
      Learn more about the stories of American Heart Association’s group of heart valve disease ambassadors including, seven heart valve disease survivors and one caregiver who represent the wide variety of people who are affected by heart valve disease. Read about each ambassador’s unique story here.
    • Find a TAVR Center near you is an online transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) authority and educational resource for patients and healthcare professionals. The website provides access to an interactive tool that assists in finding a multi-disciplinary Heart Team who can determine whether TAVR is an option for you or your loved one.  Other resources include: Educational content on aortic stenosis and TAVR Print and downloadable no-charge resources for patients and HCPs Doctor Discussion Guide Find A TAVR Center directory Procedural animations Real patient stories
    • Surgeon Finder Tool provides an easy-to-use and interactive tool to help find, research, and contact more than 1,500 patient-recommended heart valve surgeons in 30 countries. Search by your zip code, city, state, country, surgeon’s last name, or patient reviews.  
    • Study finds conscious sedation as a safe alternative to general anesthesia for heart valve procedure
      UCLA scientists have published new study findings that suggest an alternative method to general anesthesia for patients who undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Conscious sedation, which is a type of anesthesia in which patients remain awake but are sleepy and pain-free, has been found to be safe and sometimes preferable for heart valve patients.
    • Better valve, better procedure among new guidelines for heart valve disease
      A new, less invasive approach for replacing malfunctioning heart valves is now recommended for certain patients, and younger patients can now receive natural tissue valves instead of mechanical ones, according to new treatment guidelines.
    • Elaine and Blake Webster's story
      Heart valve surgery is not a journey that a patient takes alone. It requires a strategic team of doctors and dedicated caregivers to help the patient feel most comfortable and supported while overcoming new and unique challenges. Elaine Webster has personally grown to be the ideal caregiver, friend, patient advocate, nurse, and confidant throughout her husband, Blake’s journey through his first major arrhythmia, to mitral-valve surgery, and finally onto recovery. Through her first-hand experience as a caregiver for sixteen years, Elaine has provided valuable insight and advice in her book, Heartfelt. Learn more and access Elaine’s book, Heartfelt here.    
    • Dennis and Ann Dobkowski's story: “People often have symptoms like I had and think it is connected to ‘old age.’  But they can be the warning signs for heart valve disease“
      Dennis Dobkowski’s heart valve problem didn’t seem so bad at first. It had actually begun with the detection of a heart murmur during a routine doctor’s visit 15 years ago. At the time it wasn’t life-threatening, but rather just something to keep track of. But in one brief doctor’s visit in 2014, everything changed for the then 67-year-old from Southern California. “I started feeling totally exhausted all of the time and couldn’t focus on work. When I went in for a checkup, my doctor told me I had a leaking heart valve,” recalls Dennis. He and his wife, Ann, a registered nurse,…
    • New eBook from HeartValveSurgery on Advances in Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy
      A webinar from on “Advances in Transcatheter Heart Valve Surgery” is available in eBook form and includes the presentations of Dr. Patrick McCarthy of Northwestern Medicine, Dr. Charles Davidson of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Dr. S. Charles Malaisrie of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
    • Mechanical Heart Valve Replacement
      St. Jude Medical patient, Dawn, shares her experience with mechanical heart valve replacement.
    • Surgeon Q&A: What is the Latest Research on Less Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery?
      Interview with Dr. Allan Stewart on  less invasive aortic valve surgery techniques.
    • Aortic Valve Disease Guide from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
      This on-line guide from the Society for Thoracic Surgeons provides a comprehensive overview of aortic valve disease including disease basics, causes & symptoms, diagnosis & treatment options, and recovery.   The resource also features a video from Dr. Robbin A Cohen.
    • Cleveland Clinic Heart Valve Disease Treatment Guide
      Use this guide as a resource as you examine your treatment options. It covers causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of valve disease. The guide also explains the different types of valve repair surgery.
    • American Heart Association Pre-Surgery Checklist
      This printable handout has information on facing and recovering from heart valve surgery. It lists the four questions you need to ask before surgery, as well as things to remember as you are recovering. The checklist covers finances, logistics, medications, and more.